Panama Jazz Festival
Panama Jazz Festival 2014
The 11th Annual Panama Jazz Festival is this year scheduled for 13th – 18th January 2014 and promises to be better than (or at least AS good as!) the last (in-depth review of 2013 by All About Jazz here)!
Since the festival’s start in 2003, the Panama Jazz Festival has attracted well in excess of 100,000 people and is growing year by year. In 2012 it attracted more than 26,000 people and hosted more than 50 bands in over 20 different ‘concerts’!
The interesting thing about the Panama Jazz fest is that it’s not only a fest. It’s also an educational program which has announced over $1,000,000 dollars in funding (see links in next paragraph) and also has given over 10,000 scholarships to (mainly international) students. The festival tends to have a ‘master-class’ week where lecturers from surround institutions (Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory etc) give tutorials and instructions to willing participants; so if you’re looking to get your musical skills honed, I’d recommend stopping by. Most classes I believe are free.
The festival was founded by a man called Danilo Perez (Danilo Perez Foundation & Danilo Perez Official Website) who originally founded it with the mission of bettering the lives of people through shared musical experiences as listeners, on stage and in the classrooms:
Perez’s stated vision for the event is that:
By offering performances and educational activities of the highest order, as well as practical, hands on training in the music and entertainment business, the Panama Jazz Festival aims to inspire and educate while providing tools and opportunities to build a better future for individuals and their communities.
It’s currently the #11 best attraction on things to do in Panama City, Panama on TripAdvisor! With you’re attendance we might be able to get it into the top 10!
More Photos in the ‘Gallery‘ Tab below.
Heads up all you jazz lovers as this years lineup is second to none. We’ve got some big names, including (but not limited to!): Lizz Write, Kenny Garrett, Danilo Perez, HBC (Scott Henderson, Jeff Berlin, Dennis Chambers), John Patitucci, Michelle Coltrane, Shea Welsh, Nedelka Prescod, Eguie Castrillo & Wichy Camacho to name but a few.
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According to the festival website, tickets can be purchased from Blockbuster Panama, Tuboleto.com or from numerous other highstreet outlets LISTED HERE. – Both Blockbuster and Tuboleto seem to be in Spanish with no translation option, just so you know.
The nearest international airport to Panama Jazz Festival is Tocumen International Airport (PTY) and is located 24 km from Panama City. To get to Panama City from the airport you can get a taxi (around $30 one-way), a Diablo Rojo (a converted school bus, very common over there. Around $1 one-way) or arrange to get picked up by your hotel using one of their “shuttle” services, this could be extra (further transport information Between Tocumen Airport and Panama City). Currently 8 airlines fly into Tocumen International Airport (list of airlines here).
To get the best flight deals I would always use SkyScanner as they take 0% commission and always (from my own experience) find the cheapest flight deals. Feel free to check prices using their official flight checker below:
The cheapest accommodation options I could find in and around Panama City, Panama during festival period (mid January 2014) are shown below:
*** Prices will rise the closer you get to the festival dates so book early and avoid disappointment… ***
If you are on a super shoe-string budget then search HostelWorld and get a bed in a hostel for as little as $3! – (Private rooms often $20+)
We currently have not been able to interview anybody at the Panama Jazz Festival, if you work for the festival and would like to answer a few questions for this section of your listing, please contact me so that we can get something arranged, thank you.
2013 Panama Jazz Festival highlights
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- Official Website of Panama Jazz Festival
- Top 20 Essential Festival Items – 😀
- Panama Jazz Festival on Wikipedia
- Things to do in Panama City, Panama
- Panama City, Panama Transportation Tips